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Paleo Pumpkin Chili and Sweet Potatoes: The Secret of Vitamin A

Hey everyone! I rarely  get around to posting on a Sunday (or the weekend in general). But I came across some free time and decided to let you in on a little secret recipe I’ve been working on all winter long.

I know it’s spring and the weather is finally getting better and the last thing you’re thinking about is a nice, piping hot bowl of chili. But before you X out of this post hear me out for a minute!

I know chili isn’t a seasonal food for spring or summer, but you have to try this recipe. Who would have thought pumpkin and sweet potatoes would be key ingredients in this chili? Or that you can make it without beans?

paleo pumpkin chili

This pumpkin chili isn’t just gluten-free. It’s also grain-free and paleo! Other bloggers have made paleo pumpkin chili before, so I’m surely not a genius for thinking of this innovative flavor combination. But I did want to take a moment to highlight the wonderful benefits of vitamin A!

I posted a few weeks ago about how vitamin A is the real secret to youthful, glowing skin. In the last few years, consistent vitamin A consumption has definitely changed my skin for the better. I actually think it looks better than five years ago despite how I was much younger back then! And that’s because vitamin A helps rebuild collagen and other connective tissues in the skin.

This isn’t to say that you can consume unlimited amounts of vitamin A. There is such a thing as vitamin A overdose and it can be very dangerous/life-threatening. Because vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is stored in the body’s fat reserves and can stay there for months. This means even if you were to take a break from vitamin A, you probably have enough in your reserves to last a month or two.

The good news is it’s pretty rare to OD on vitamin A by eating sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and other vitamin A-rich fruits and veggies. That’s because all of these delicious eats are actually full of the substance beta carotene, which your body then converts into vitamin A. The body will absorb as much vitamin A as it needs, then excrete excess beta carotene through the kidneys.

It also goes to say that beta carotene is known to function as an antioxidant when it’s not converted into vitamin A. And to me, this is where all the real health benefits come from.

So yeah that pretty wraps up today’s recipe. Hope you enjoy it! What are some of your favorite ways to eat chili?!

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Paleo Pumpkin Chili and Sweet Potatoes: The Secret of Vitamin A
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit . Wrap sweet potatoes in aluminum foil and pierce a few times with a fork. Bake while you cook the chili (about 75 minutes). You should be able to stick a fork easily through the center of the potato to determine if it's cooked.
  2. Sautée the onion, garlic, and yellow bell pepper in the olive oil until it has cooked down (5-10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add ground turkey and brown until cooked (about 15 minutes). Drain excess oil/grease if needed.
  4. Add spices and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and add pumpkin. Let simmer for at least 1 hour (the longer the better).
  5. Cut the cooked sweet potato in half and placed opened in a bowl (or even on a plate depending on how thin/thick you like your chili). Spoon the chili over the sweet potato. Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves if desired.
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